Kelowna city council gets to the bottom of snow routes and more

Kelowna City Council highlights for Monday, Oct. 26

Snow routes

Council approved bylaw updates to allow for designated snow routes. For future significant snow events, parking bans would be placed on snow routes. Removing vehicles from the street allows for a safer, more efficient and effective plowing operation. Staff have identified four areas for snow routes: Dilworth Mountain, The Ponds, Wilden and Magic Estates. These areas were selected due to their elevation, volume of cul-de-sacs and past issues with parked vehicles

Downtown Plan update

Council received an annual update on the initiatives and the indicators included in the 2012 Downtown Plan, My Downtown. Recent successes include the expanded and improved Queensway Transit Exchange, new public pier, construction of Stuart Park, and the Memorial Parkade and Okanagan Centre for Innovation, which are projects currently underway. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/mydowntown.

Heritage Assets

Council approved a work plan that outlines direction for six heritage assets over the next three years. Proposed work includes completion of work underway at the former Glenn Avenue school, sale of the former St. Aidan’s Church, and initiation of public engagement for long-term uses of Cameron House and the Grist Mill Heritage Park.

Knox Mountain Park update

Council received an update about Knox Mountain Management Plan. Projects identified in the management plan will maintain and improve existing infrastructure, reduce conflict between user groups, increase capacity within the park for recreation opportunities, and minimize human impact on sensitive and vulnerable areas. Completed projects include Apex Trail restoration, vehicle gate installed above Crown Lookout, annual inspections and maintenance, forest management, and a dedicated web page with more information.